- LEED for Core and Shell awarded January 2010
- Excellence in Design Award by American Buildings Company
- General Contractor Award by American General Contractors of America
- Ranked No. 24 by Memphis Business Journal's "Top of the List: Tennessee LEED Certified Spaces"
J&S unveils new headquarters with tours and ribbon cutting
J&S Construction goes for the gold
J&S Construction celebrates one year in new building with new certification
Size: 28,000 sq. ft.
Owner: South Willow Properties
LEED Gold Certified (View Credits)
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Freedom Plaza was completed in November of 2008, and was completed two weeks ahead of schedule. The 28,000 square-foot building features environmentally friendly attributes that reduced average gas heating costs during the first two winters of operation to less than $145 per month.
This amount is significantly less than the cost to operate buildings of comparable size and structure. Being a true design-build project, J&S brought subcontractors in very early during the design process to work with the owner and architect. These groups developed the best value designs for the owner. Since J&S chose to work with subcontractors with whom it had previously established relationships, no bids were received on this project; every contract was negotiated.
The building was the first LEED® Gold Certified Class “A” Office Space in the State of Tennessee.
J&S Construction worked closely with CHC Mechanical and CHC was responsible for the design and installation of all mechanical systems in this building. The building incorporates a water source heat pump designed and installed by CHC mechanical.
Freedom Plaza was completed without any contractor requested change orders.
CHC worked closely with J&S and the designer, developing an innovative system that used the sprinkler system as the water source for the mechanical system. The extra cost for the increased capacity and pressure were offset as the heat pump system did not require an additional line for that single function.
Savings realized by Freedom Plaza compared to traditional construction projects:
• 40% from wall insulation
• 60% from water source heat pump
• 20% from cool roof
• 35% lighting cost savings
• 20% from motion sensor lights
• 35% water savings
The mechanical system is a water source heat pump with a closed loop system. It has a fluid cooler and individual heat pump units hanging within the ceiling area in immediate proximity to the area they serve. The water for these heat pumps circulates within the water sprinkler system eliminating the need for another water line to be installed just for this system.
Freedom Plaza has nine mechanical zones and the water source heat pump allows heat to be pulled from one area and passed on to another area, so we can have simultaneous heating and cooling within the building depending upon the requirement of individuals within each zone.
Freedom Plaza's new solar panel addition began generating electricity in November 2010.
“We felt it was very important to research every sustainable tool available to our clients,” said Johnny Stites, CEO of J&S. “After researching the benefits of this solar array, we found the product could be beneficial for both the company as well as the Upper Cumberland region. “As a leader in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly construction, J&S has also been recommending this product to our clients, and we wanted a visual tool to provide to anyone with questions concerning these components.”
In an effort to improve energy consumption and implement energy-saving, cost-effective projects, J&S continues to refine its efforts in sustainable construction and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
J&S worked closely alongside Total Quality Environment (Cookeville) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Generation Partners to complete its solar panel installation. TQE opened its doors in January 2009 and is responsible for providing both Solar/Wind products and installations for the Southeast. The TVA Generation Partners is a program where participants support the environment by helping keep the Tennessee Valley clean and green. They also benefit by defraying the costs of their renewable system installation and lowering their monthly energy bills through the revenue they receive from the sale of the green power.
Along with this solar panel addition, J&S has completed systems for several Sonic Restaurants in the Nashville area, as well as multiple solar panels for private clients at the Nashville International Airport.